Hasedera or the Hasedera Temple has a long history; it is said that this old temple was established in 736, long before the Kamakura period (1192–1333). The principal image of Hasedera is an eleven-faced Kan'non Bodhisattva, which is one of the largest wooden statues in Japan with a height of 9.18 meters. The upper precinct consists of the Kan'non-do Hall, which houses the eleven-faced Kannon Bosatsu (Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva) statue lined with other main halls as well as a lookout tower from which you can enjoy a view of the ocean and the city, one of the best scenic spots in Kamakura. Hasedera also has a circuit garden where you can walk and enjoy the surroundings. You will see beautiful flowering trees (magnolia, somei-yoshino cherry tree, hydrangea, fragrant olive, and camellia) all year round, season by season. It is suitable to call the garden Kamakura's Saiho-gokuraku-jodo (the Pure Land of Highest Happiness). You can practice sutra copying or visit the Kan'non museum on the site to enjoy and learn about Buddhism. It is a five-minute walk from the Hase Station on the Enoshima Dentetsu (Eno-den) Line.
3-11-2, Hase, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa, 248-0016
- Nearest Station
･ Enoshima Electric Railway Line
5 minutes on foot
- Phone Number
Our staff may only be able to communicate in Japanese.
8:00am - 5:00pm
Summer time Mar. to Sep., 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (temple closes 5:30 p.m.); winter time Oct. to Feb., 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (temple closes 5:00 p.m.)
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